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Kathy Con-“fronts” the Bully

One day when my sister, Kathy, was around four-years-old, she came running to Mom with a sad, sad tale.

It seems there was a pint-sized bully causing problems for the neighborhood children. He had actually hit Kathy, which was what sent her running.

Mom, recognizing an opportunity to instill some assertiveness and self-reliance in her daughter told her, “You get right back out there and you hit him back.” (Hey, people from the eastern Kentucky hills, even those transplanted to Ohio, don’t back down!)

A little later, Kathy came into the house, still upset. “What happened?” my Mom asked. “Did you hit him back?”

My sister started crying. “I couldn’t hit his back,” she wailed. . .

“So, I hit his front!”

Kathy, circa 1960. Isn't she a cutie?

Kathy, circa bully-thumpin’

Don’t miss the rest of the Stories My Family Tells as I Write 31 Days this October. Click here to check out the wide range of topics from a wide range of writers. Hey, it’s not too late for you to join us!



  1. When you can’t do what your mama says…lol!

  2. ‘Zackly! I don’t know if she was more upset because of the bully or because she couldn’t do what (she thought) Mom said

  3. Rachel G

     /  October 2, 2015

    hahaha! How literal kids are, too funny!

  4. Oh, you know those Ky girls can pack a punch when needed. Or a good swift kick. I, being from Kentucky, also had a mother who advised me to kick that little boy if he tried to kiss me again. So, I did. And when he reported me to the principal I wrote a letter explaining that I was just obeying my mother. That was the end of that. 🙂 This is such a great series and a good way to embarrass your family, if you are so inclined. 😉

    • briarhopper

       /  October 10, 2015

      I wouldn’t think of embarrassing my family. It’s much too easy for them to set up their own blog 😉

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